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Construction for Landscape Architecture by Jamie Liversedge, Robert Holden

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Color in paving

Most stones and concretes are not strongly colored. The strongest-colored concrete is that made using an exposed aggregate, and this is best done in a factory. Strong patterns in paving, however, can be obtained by recessing the joints or by changes of texture—for instance, by using precast concrete channels and asphalt squares in forecourts, or by alternating brick and precast concrete.

The paving materials that do hold color are clay bricks, which are available in a range of yellows, reds, oranges, and blues; and ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles, which are color-fast, must be laid on a rigid foundation because they are thin. Alternatively, terrazzo, consisting of marble chips set in a cement substrate, can be brightly colored and ...

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